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broke several thousands dollars worth of white house china. so my first big thank you tonight is to the national building museum for hosting us. here. i also want to thank the source for their outstanding entertainment, the u.s. navy sea chanters. [ applause ] and a guy who is known to make pretty good music, mr. stevie wonder. [ applause ] i'm delivering another speech tomorrow. so, tonight i'm going to be pretty brief because, you know, there are limited amount of good lines and you don't want to use them all up tonight. my main purpose tonight is just to say thank you. as i look out on the room, we have got people from every walk
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of life. every corner and nook and cranny of this country. every state, every city, every suburb. people who have invested so much heart and soul and time, money, energy. you know, one of the things tha energy. one of the things that made this unique is the people that had the investment in this. you understood it was not just about a candidate. it was not just about joe biden or barack obama. this was about us, who we are as a nation, what values we cherish, how hard we're willing to fight to make sure those values live not just for today but for future generations. all of you here understood and
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were committed to the basic notion that when we put our shoulders to the wheel of history it moves. it moves. it moves forward. that's part of what we celebrate when we come together for inauguration. yesterday americans in all 50 states took part in a national day of service. tomorrow hundreds of thousands will join us in the national mall. what the inauguration reminds us of is the role we have as fellow citizens in promoting a common good even as we carry out our individual responsibilities. the sense there's something larger than ourselves that give shape and meaning to our lives. the theme of this year's inauguration is our people and our future. throughout my career what's always give me energy and inspiration and hope, what's allowed me to stand up when i've
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been knocked down are folks like you. the decency, the goodness, the resilience, the neighborliness, the patriotism, the sense of duty, the sense of responsibility of the american people. you have inspired me throughout. when ever i think about the challenges that joe and i and jill and michelle face we know that we stand amongst friends and colleagues and fellow citizens and that the work is not just ours that we are working together. i just want to be say thank you. thank you very much. thank you.
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i want all of you to know even as we celebrate over the next couple of days and feel free to stay up as late as you want tomorrow's not a school night. make sure to bundle up although it won't be as cold as it was four years ago. make sure you know that what we're celebrating is not the election or swearing in of a president. what we're doing is celebrating each other and celebrating this incredible nation that we call home. after we celebrate let's make sure to work as hard as we can to pass on an america that is worthy not only of our past but also of our future. god bless you guys. i love you. we'll see you tomorrow.
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[ applause ] >> the president of the united states with the first lady and the vice president and the second lady over at the national building museum here in washington. the festivities only just beginning. getting ready for the big inauguration tomorrow. piers morgan is getting ready to take over the coverage. >> very exciting. i've never done on a inauguration before. i'm struck by the body language of the president. he seems a very relaxed man. he looks a man much more at ease with himself than the nerves and stuff that came last time. >> four years as president and now another four years. he was reelected pretty impressively. i think that brings a sense of self-confidence and you can see that coming through. >> it won't be the same huge crowds tomorrow perhaps as there were last time and the air of
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expectancy, i don't think that's a bad thing. if you set the standard for this four years at a realistic level, he's got a chance for real achievement. >> four years ago we elected an african-american for president. a lot of people didn't think we would see that in our lifetime. what may be more impressive, an ka african-american older man said we reelected him. a lot of people are moved. >> you can see a few green sheet of the economy if that was to begin to surge, he could have real chance of doing some big stuff. >> he's got a huge agenda. he's going to have to find way to work with the republicans. it's a huge challenge. the responsibility is enormous. the opportunity is great.
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>> i can see you're itching to get to the party. >> did can you hear the grambling university marching band? >> i hate to tell you i was in the james bond film. >> really great to me. >> was it daniel craig or denzel washington got nominated? >> i don't know. >> it was denzel. >> let me point out sky fall. $1 billion in box office receipts worldwide. $1 billion. >> british. >> sky fall. >> wolf, go party. such an honor to be in his presence. it's a night out of celebration here in washington. the star studded parties are continuing to pour out. we'll bring you the highlights
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as they happen. joining me rising democratic star, san antonio mayor. he knows about the presidency than any other person alive. let me start with you. you gave a sensational performance. barack obama did the same thing and became president. did you feel like i did? you saw a man more at peace with himself now ready for the challenges maybe doing some real action in his second term. >> this is barack obama at his best. relaxed, speaking in aspirational tones. you ni uniting the country talking about what we can do together. this is a moment of celebration. he's reelected and will not have to run for any other election in his life must make a difference in terms of how he speaks to the country. >> the latino vote for him has never been more important. how significant is that going to
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be in his second term? >> my hope is it will be very significant. i think it will be. he has a real connection with the community. we saw that with over 70% vote for obama. >> it's the first time until a very long time you've had three back to back presidents all doing two terms. does that bring a certain stability to the administration of the united states? >> i think it does. there are a lot of reports that have been jimmed up in agriculture and commerce and interior. he can start using executive orders to do new things on new type of farming procedure or monument. he koun do that in tcouldn't dot
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time. takes a while to adjust living in the white house. the media makes a lot out of these curses. obama care may have been a first term success but he's got to make it the law of the land. >> most presidents had been hit by this curse. ronald reagan has the iran contra scandal. they all seem to get unsettled and unravelled by a big event often beyond their control. barack obama, we don't know what it may be. it may be nothing. he has the green shoot for a better economy. hi didn he didn't have that four years ago. is that going to be a significant help to him? >> think about second term dwight eisenhower.
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he created nasa. he signed a treaty with 12 countries to demilitaryize an antartica. ronald reagan, i think iran contra gets overblown. the president is feeling good about a second term. he doesn't have the luxury of a curse mentality. >> what are your priorities. what would you like to see the president focus on? they say in the second term you get a maximum of about 18 months to shove through the agenda that you want to do. what should he look to do? >> there's all the stuff that's been on the table that's been talked about in the media, immigration reform, gun control and a couple of other issues.
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i'd like to see him work on the great ideas that he's put forward in terms of linking education with worse force development. making the united states more economically competitive by investing in community colleges, by improving our education system and linking that with the business sector. if he can do that he can lead four years from now with a america with a better economy and much more well positioned for prosperity. >> i have to check in with the reporters around town. brooke baldwin. can you hear me? >> reporter: you hear correctly. i can barely hear myself speak. i'm a southern girl. it's my perfect place. they're playing a very significant song right now. this is simple plman.
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i was talking to them backstage. they say this is the one song they sing. they sing at concerts like this all the time. we have heroes in the room. our men and women in military. many of them in wheelchairs to my right who have made it out here. they are trying to move forward. the guys in the band say the song just resonates. neez men a these men and women are simple men and women. yourself missing out. >> you look absolutely the part in that dazzling outfit. let me move to another daper person, don lemon. where are you? >> reporter: you didn't say i
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look dazzling but i guess i'll take daper. if you can see the bright lights behind me, that's a red carpet. a lot of folks are here. eva longoria is here. john legend is here. brandy is here. wayne brady is here. i also talk to charles dutton. he said a lot of older folks underestimate music. when people think of hip hop they think of young african-americans but in this country young white kids by most of the hip hop music in this country and those people have political power. they are saying that those people are the people who help to elect be president in this
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country. this hip hop ball was sponsored by russell similmonsimmons. they used to help get president obama elected. big bowl names inside. just a few that i named and a lot of them you know from being in the music industry. lots of cache here. >> that's exciting. you better go. i think pharrell wants his hat back. you lucky devil susan. what's going on there? >> reporter: i was going to ask if you like smokey robinson. people have been lining up since five in t 5:00 in the morning. it was called let freedom ring celebration. the highlight is when he
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separated the audience. imagine you have 2100 folks in the audience and separates them into three groups. he had them singing my girl. a pretty special moment and finally america the beautiful ended. they were just on their feet. it was really kind of a spectacular moment. then you had another event as well that was taking place at the same time. really a celebration. the latino community some really heavy hitters who came out to perform and celebrate. the fact that they have so much power when it comes to voting. had a chance to talk to evan longoria on the red carpet. she said this is her passion. this is they're moment. they feel very empowered. one of the highlights is this was a special moment.
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you have these two greats singing hello dolly and old friends. the surprise guest piers was the vice president. we knew he was coming. many of the people there did not know. he stood up and talked a bit, and made a bit of a joke about 2016. a lot of folks running if he's going to run in 2016. his son beau biden was here. there were a lot of people in that audience who thought perhaps he was certainly making play for the next four years. >> i'm surprised the president wasn't there to sing a bit of al green. you can't have everything, i guess. thank you very much. coming up, a rare interview with three people who know president obama just about better than anybody else. they never sat down together to
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it's a historic weekend. live pictures there. a dazzling scene in washington, d.c. i've got a bit of history too for you. this exclusive interview with three people who helped president obama win his second term. three of his very closest advisors. david axelrod and stephanie for obama 2012. they've never sat down together for a joint interview on television until now. enjoy this. >> welcome to you. this is a rare political event, a piece of history. the three of you have never given a joint interview. >> i think we should go right to the smithsonian. >> it's a big day for the president, for america but also i think for you three because
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you've been so instrumental in getting barack obama to where he is. he's got the luxury of a second term. what would you like to see his legacy be? >> the legacy he's after and what we're all working for is to revitalize the economy in a way there's new vitality that american compact that says if you work hard you can get ahead. you can count on your kids doing better than you. this is fundamental to our country. that's been under assault for a long time. he ran in 2008 to try to rectify that. we want through a big crisis. now we've got a little momentum. we have to build on that. the middle class can thrive and people can work their way up. >> what people say to me about the president, people in the street, it's a good will for him. the general feeling is he's done an okay job but he hasn't been
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great. he won't go down yet as a great president because people aren't sure what his overall goal is. how can he change that mind set? >> look, i think he has been incredibly positive. i think he's laid out a clear and compelling vision where he wants to take this country. he's gotten more done. health care took 100 years. wall street reform took 70 years. david talked about fundamentally restructuring our economy to make sure our kids will do better than us. i think the president's doing those things every sipg l day. he he's bringing people together across parties. >> receivestephanie, ronald rea bill clinton had more prosperous terms.
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i think the benefit of a surging economy, the president may be in the same position, will that embolden him to release any shackles he had and how long does he get to do that? >> i don't think he has any self-imposed shackles. i think he's been slowly putting the building blocks in place to build a type of economy that we've all been working so hard for where everybody can get ahead, where we're building it from the middle out and not from the top down. we inherited a crisis. >> do we have a guarantee you can't mention it again? are we all agreed you can't blame the republicans for what happened four years ago. >> what i find striking about this whole weekend has been my recollections of four years ago.
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four years ago i was about to enter the white house with the president. our economy was in shambles. i watched him make a series of decisions very quickly to stand up to financial industry, the recovery act, to intervene on the auto industry. not any one of them was popular. he knew it was what we had to do to right the country. it is worth noting how far we've come. we're in a different place than we were four years ago. >> the last election he hadn't made any mistakes. now you've won that second term. you can be a little more honest about where he could have gone further and didn't or where he regrets not going further. >> i'm going to point to his own words. he believes he could have done a better job communicating with the american people. we've been talking about what we
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were dealing with. the financial crisis, the economic crisis, building a new administration. we had our hands full. i think frying ing trying to g that done and take the emergency steps to sure up our banks, some things were lost in there including communicating with the american people but why we were taking the steps or getting their feedback about which direction to go in. we believed we put good reforms in place to make sure we never have another financial crisis, the building blocks of a good economy. the president believes he could have done a better job having that conversation with the american people. >> he's known as one of the world's great communicators. a lot of criticism involves communication with the public a and the republican party. >> i think you've seen the president repeatedly reach out. it takes two to dance. one of the things we learned in the first four years is we need to take this conversation outside of washington.
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>> when we took office four years ago there's famous quote from mitch mcconnell that it was to make this president a one term president. maybe now that wasn't done, we can get somewhere. >> isn't it to make the other guy a one term president? >> night of the inauguration in 2009, 15 republican leaders in the congress got together for the expressed purpose of deciding how they could thwart the presidency. we were in the midst of the worst economic crisis. america needed cooperation and instead what we got was a policy of opposition on everything. the thing that was disturbing about what mcconnel said in 2010 is we decided from the beginning we weren't going to give him any cooperation.
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if we did it could signify to the american people he figured it out. there's things that are bigger than those partisan victorievic. you don't take an oath of office to your party, you take it to the country. we hope that as we sit here today the republican party has had historic lows in their rating. the congress is at historic lows. they just had a retreat this week and they decided to retreat which was good. i think they are recognizing their reality which is what they have done for the last four years has been very destructive not just to the country but their own party and hopefully we'll get a different attitude. >> what are the other priorities in a second term. i was putting on paper earlier, economy, you might have climate change, the foreign policy or restructuring of america's place in the world. prams leading from the back as
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he said in stern phases rather than the front. i'm in favor of that. i think the days of america having to be the global policeman should be over. what else do you see as priorities? >> immigration reform. the president feels strongly about it and will tackle it this year. there's common sense agreement out in the states how to do it. i think you'll see the president work passionately across party lines on education to make our k through 12 system the best in the world like our university system is. you hit the biggest one and that's economy. we have to continue to take steps. >> does everything flow from the economy? >> absolutely. >> talks about education is if we're going to be competitive, we have to do a better job on education. we've got to control our energy in the future. we've got to develop new sources
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of energy. we've got to invest in research and development and stay on the cutting edge of innovation. all these things are an sbintegl part of developing the economy. >> i've never seen the president as emotionally moved as i saw him after sandy hook. this has been an issue we carried on my show. when i saw what he said the other day and the executive order, i was impressed by the boldness and courage of the leadership and then there was the reality check. within minutes people popping up on both sides saying he can't get through an assault weapon ban. today a young teenage boy killed five people with an assault weapon. the weekend we had people injured at gun shows with guns. america is a country riddled with gun violence. do you think the president has
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the political clout and the personal drive to try and pursue an assault weapons ban if it looks like he can't? >> i think he's made that clear. he is going to pursue it. >> can he succeed? >> let''s see. we announced a couple of days ago an organization called organizing for action. that's the obama for america community, grass roots organizers who wanted to come together to continue working for change. they're going to be critical in this effort of getting key pieces of the agenda done. things people voted on in this election. there is a cry out there for some movement on gun control because this senseless violence is touching everybody. >> what i find so baffling is the apparent power that the nra wield, for example, in the
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political system in america. compared to the amount of money they put in and the amount of membership they have, i don't really understand why they have such power or why so many politicians at senior level are so frightened of them. >> jim comes from state where guns are a huge issue. the truth is it's been part of the american culture and tradition for a long time particularly in rural areas. hunting, gun ownership, parents passing the tradition of hunting down to children. that's been part of our culture. on the other hand, we have in some of our communities real problems with violence. in chicago we've had a terrible time with youth violence and gun violence. we have to find a way to reconcile those things. one thing that gives me hope is i see 90%, 85, 90% of americans say we should have universal background checks for anybody that buys a gun.
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that will be an enormous step forward. i think there's such a consensus among the american people for that. 65% of americans think we ought to limit the size of these magazines to a reasonable number of rounds so that we don't have situations where people can open fire on a crowd and not have to reload so they can't be subdued. there are measures that have enormous support in the public. i am mindful of the fact that there are -- the nra may speak in some ways for more of a fringe when it comes to this notion of people being armed in case an overweaning government comes to get them. i think the vast majority of gun owners understand there's reasonable steps that we need to take. >> i agree with you. it will be a big day tomorrow.
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two-day extravaganza. thank you for joining me. it's rare encounter of all three of you on television. thank you all very much. >> thank you. >> good to be with you. >> a little piece of senior aide history. we'll have a historical perspective on what may come up tomorrow. ♪
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maya angelou provided one of the most memorable moments. she was awarded the lincoln medal in 2008. she joins me along with douglas brinkley. how are you? >> i'm good and you. >> i want to remind you of an e-mail that you sent out. you talked about conversations you had with dr. martin luther king. tomorrow is mlk day. it couldn't be a more appropriate day i'm sure you would feel for barack obama's second inauguration. in those conversations he felt there may be an african-american president, first black president in the next 40 years. you didn't think it would happen in your lifetime. >> that's true.
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i'm so excited. i'm so happy about my country that we are growing up. >> how do you think the president -- >> we're growing beyond our ignorance. >> how do you think he's done in his first term and what would you like him to do more of in his second term? >> well, i think he's done the best he could. i think that there were a number of people who as soon as he was elected put their feet down, their heels into the earth and said no matter what he does, no matter how good he is, i will not support him. i will resist his attempts to make our country better.
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i think he was surprised because he had been elected with such fervor and such excitement. i don't think he expected to have such resistance. i know this from what i've seen so far. he's intelligent and that's what we need in our country. we need intelligent people. intelligent beyond the ignorance of racism and sexism and all those stupidities. i think he's coming in with more pizazz and more excitement. he brings in some resistance to the resistance which he has encountered. i think we're in for a four
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years of true excitement and and i'm looking forward to it. >> what do you think martin luther king may have said to barack obama if he was still alive? what advice would he have given the president for his second and full-ti his final term of office. >> thank you for that question. i think dr. king would have said continue. be loving and be strong. be fierce and be kind. don't give in and don't give up. continue to press because what got to make this country more than what james baldwin used to call it, these yet to be united states. we have got to do it. we need leadership which will say i want to make it better. i will fight to make it better. i will encourage us all to be more courageous.
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it's the most important of all the virtues because without it you can't practice any of the virtues consistently. you can't be kind or generous or anything consistently without courage. i think reverend king who showed so much courage himself, courage to be kind, courage to be generous. he showed the courage to be not violent, nonviolent, in a violent society. i think he would encourage president obama to be courageous. i think so. >> that's a beautiful answer. it's been a great pleasure for me to talk to you tonight. i really appreciate you taking the time out to talk to me. >> i thank you so much. i've been wanting to talk to you since you talked to oprah. i have wanted to meet you.
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you are brilliant. you are fine. you too have courage and insight. >> thank you. >> you were insightful enough to see which he was intelligent and you were courageous enough to say you knew it. >> that's incredibly kind of you. thank you so much. >> thank you. >> what a wonderful lady. we've got some live pictures here of one of the parties tonight. it's the green ball. there's vice president joe biden partying hard tonight in washington. >> i apologize. >> let's take a little listen. >> i'm going be very brief. i came to say thank you. i came to say thank you. i also game to tell you what my green wish is. >> we'll take a break. we'll see if the vp start going
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this is washington's big weekend. everybody who is anybody is here. parties are erupting all over town. joining me is the ultimate party boy. my old buddy from america's got talent nick cannon. good to see you. >> good to see you too, sir. >> about dr. mayo angelou. what did you make of what she said? >> just i thought it was very moving. you got a nice call out there from her. she's a great moral force.
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years from now there will be 100 books about her and her poetry. before there was oprah winfrey who she mentioned, there was maya angelou. i want to say i'm glad you wore a coat. he's out there pulling it off. >> i may point out all americans wearing their big coats. we just have our sports coat. >> that's all that chest hair. >> it's actually the blubber. >> good to see you. >> we had so much fun. obviously to get an invitation to host any event from first lady is something is just amazing. this was focusing on the families and the kids for the men and women in service. it was outstanding event. >> tomorrow the president's second inauguration.
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you were at the first one. an honor for you. martin luther king day tomorrow and barack obama being reinaugura reinaugurated. what does it mean to you as a young, black american, both these great men on this great day? >> it's outstanding. it's history to be a part of not only the birth of martin luther king but at the same time our president's second inauguration. it's fitting right on the perfect day at the perfect time for an event like this. >> a lot of talk of the american dream and allhow you get it bac. you're a great example of a young man worked hard to get where he is. what should the president do? >> it's a generation of young people who want to do better and all about empowerment.
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just to see president obama in office is inspiring enough. at the same time he's focusing on education and obviously we know education can really be that thing that sparked any dream andful any goal. >> i'm going to ask you the big talent question. what do you make of michelle obama's bangs? >> what does that have to do with bangs? >> hair is talent. you don't have it. i do. >> i don't know what's going on up. i love the bangs. i had the opportunity to love the new hair style. it looks outstanding. it's good for the second term. you need to get a new look. >> can't let you go without asking about your wife. >> stop asking about my wife. >> she's as attractive as last time i saw her. >> she's just as beautiful. >> how does he enjoy being a talent show judge? >> she's enjoying it well amidst of the drama.
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she's having great time inspiring young people and helping that next generation reach levels she's had the tu opportunity to reach. >> i don't know you're missing me but try to hold it back. >> i can't take it no more. >> come back. >> you could never pull this off. >> nick cannon. he never could wear a tie properly. we'll be back with final thoughts and a preview of tomorrow's second inauguration. honey what are you doing? we gotta go! it's dress-like-a-president day, i'm supposed to be martin van buren. who? martin van buren! google? martin van buren. ♪
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back live in washington, d.c. where it's all getting very exciting here. i'm with presidential historian doug brinkley who is back with me. you can't help but get caught up in this. it's very exciting. talk me through what will happen tomorrow. >>. >> in 1840 william henry harrison didn't wear a coat and he died 18 months later. you're going to have the president invoking the dream of king that the dream is still alive. all the school kids are out in america. they're being taught in elementary school able the inauguration. >> he's also got a bible which was used by abraham lincoln. i went to see the movie lincoln
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and the story of his battle to end slavery is an inspiring story. you have two bibles, one was dr. king's and the other was abr abraham lincoln's that's got to be a weight on his shoulders. >> this president really is a scholar of abraham lincoln. he likes talking about him. one is looking for him to rip off of lincoln's second inaugural tomorrow. >> how will he get through the impasse of washington and the
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antipathy of the republicans? how can he force through his agenda in a smart way? >> like dr. king he's won a noble peace prize. he's an international figure and the world will be watching tomorrow. he's going to have to do some things quickly. by march you'll have the fiscal debate. i think he's got to push gun control very quickly and then he'll have to deal with an explosive international situation that's going on in north africa, syria, iran. there's not a moment that he can rest. he at least doesn't have to transition to washington, d.c. this has been his home for four years and it will be his home for four more. >> i get the feeling that republicans realize that continuing to be at war with the president isn't in the best for national interest. >> yet to be seen because of the way money has hit politics now. there's a lot of republicans in congress that don't want to be in a photo op with the
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president. we're celebrating him but there are many people that aren't that happy with him. what he has going for him, we used to say i like ike, people say i like barack obama. he's over 50% for the job performance. that's going to have to improve. people will judge him. he inherited the october crash and how does it look eight years later be . >> you can't keep blaming the people before you. >> you can't blame the media and the republicans. you can use executive order. >> thank you so much. >> thank you. >> we'll be right back. [ male announcer ] alka-seltzer plus presents the cold truth. i have the flu... i took theraflu, but i still have this cough. [ male announcer ] truth is theraflu doesn't treat your cough. what? [ male announcer ] it doesn't have a cough suppressant. great. [ male announcer ] alka-seltzer plus severe cold and flu fights your worst flu symptoms, plus that cough with a
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